When Sara’s niece, Janice, is notified that her sharp-witted aunt, now in her 80s, hasn’t been seen for several days, Janice’s panicky drive to find out what’s happened begins our journey of discovering that Sara has led a life very different from what her relatives and friends assume. Historical events of the 20th century form a backdrop to Sara’s often tumultuous personal life, which we follow from Trenton, NJ, to Washington, DC, (with jaunts to Philadelphia, Baltimore, and West Virginia). As Sara visits an art museum exhibit about Buddhism, we learn of her two marriages, the first to an abusive man and the second to a kind man who was involved in top secret projects and who develops a bizarre illness. We discover her long but secret love relationship with a woman. And we learn of hidden booklets which hold the key to yet another secret. Stylistically innovative, Beyond All Desiring is realistic and magical, erotic and spiritual. It gives us a rare look into the heart of a woman who was “different” in a time of conformity, and who ultimately made a big difference in the lives of those close to her.
Judith gives an overview of the book:
I'm author of four books, including two novels.
I began writing creatively as soon as I could string words into sentences, when I was about seven years old. My debut pieces were plays for my dolls. I recall moving the dolls about on my bed as I read their parts aloud...